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Saturday, September 24, 2011
Final: UCLA 27, Oregon State 19

By Ted Miller

At least for a week, UCLA can smile. Oregon State? Not so much.

The Bruins triumphed 27-19 in the Desperation Bowl at Oregon State, as the Bruins evened their record at 2-2 and at least briefly boosted coach Rick Neuheisel's chances of surviving the 2011 season.

And the Beavers, who closed the gap to 21-19 to start the fourth after a 2-point conversion failed, fell to 0-3 for the first time since 1996.

UCLA QB Richard Brehaut threw for a touchdown and ran for another. The Bruins outrushed the Beavers 211 yards to 88.

Making his first career start at QB, Oregon State redshirt freshman Sean Mannion completed 24 of 40 for 287 yards with a TD, an interception and a fumble on the Beavers 4-yard line.

Receiver James Rodgers had a solid return, catching five passes for 76 yards.

UCLA faces a tough task on Saturday at Stanford. Oregon State visits Arizona State.